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This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks, Vol. 24"
Subject: 1st set
Hey clementinescaboose, you're only halfway there. The first set is "kinda weak"? It's one of the best of 73-74! So much more energy than many that were to come in what was often a low-wattage year. And, still, my favorite version of Playin/UJB/Dew/UJB/Playin.
Subject: Once in a while you get shown the light...
It's funny how, even after many years and listens, one's opinion of a show can change. That singular moment or listen where it all falls into place.
I used to be a big time hater of this show - something always felt off kilter to me. Now I realize it's mostly the 1st set that is kinda weak; I still feel that there is something off with Garcia at times on this night, but once this second set jam gets going, it is simply amazing, no doubts about that anymore. I have come to think that 3/23/74 just might be the best of the 3 times they did this. The first Playin' and the transition from UJB #2 back into Playin' are just nuts.
So fibber, you'll be happy to know that the strangest of places finally looks a little more right ;)
Subject: Listen to Playin' In The Band..
They totally fucked up the beginning! And it's hilarious! They also did some great spacey stuff before Bob apologized.
L. Rosley -
Subject: Notable Firsts
This show debuted two significant new songs, the first Cassidy and first Scarlet Begonias, now timeless Dead classics.
Filiberto Penwarden -
Subject: Wonderful Sound
Just Beautiful! Check out Black-Throated Wind-- one of my favorite versions ever, if not my favorite. Jerry's licks on this one are some of the best: ever tasteful, fast, and with this incredible super-sweet sound. He set his guitar just perfectly... and together with the output from The Wall... well, it sounds almost like he is playing these etherial bells! What can I say, this Picks is worth it just for this song! (I haven't even heard the entire show yet). Last comment: with all of their resources, the the Dead should bring back The Wall of Sound! Bring it Back! Bring it Back Now!!
Subject: Phil rattles our Kneecaps with the Wall of Sound
Just picked up Vol24,I was at this show.For 30 years I had memories of Phils Bass on that SoundTest.Morning Dew explodes with more bottom end than I had ever been exposed to(or since).China Cat bridge could be felt as Phil pulls a series of power chords that hit us like thunder.Most of this is present.
Subject: amazing show
great show great setlist, too bad the whole show isnt available the dicks picks is great tho
Subject: Good show
The main bits of this show are to be found on Dicks Picks 24. Sound is amazing. First wall of sound show!